Tahlka New Bureau
The Supreme Court has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over from Delhi Police the investigation into disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad. Ahmad, has been gone missing since October 12, 2016 after a heated argument with some ABVP students in the university.
Najeebs mother submitted the plea to transfer the case to CBI and was not objected by the Delhi' Police. An officer, with not less than the rank of DIG, will supervise the probe, the court said. The next hearing of the case is scheduled on July 17.
Earlier, Delhi Police was criticized by the court with regard to its conduct in the case. The court in the hearing said that the agency appeared to be looking for an "escape route" and "beating around the bush".
"This conduct itself...you (Police) pith it (report) so high that you sharing with us something so confidential which is not even shared with your trusted lawyer, gives us the impression that it was a fast one being played on us... We have to keep in mind the possibility that the police is trying to sensationalize or trying to find a escape route. We are left with the impression that the investigation is not being done properly," the bench had then said.
Before the case came up for hearing in the High Court today, the Delhi Police had written to director general of police and prisons along with heads of government hospitals and railway departments asking for information regarding Ahmad's whereabouts.
Also a Crime Branch special time, comprising 70 personnel, had been deputed to look into the case.
"We are as clueless about Najeeb now as we were on the first day," his brother, Mujeeb said.